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This artwork, Damocles by Heidi Taillefer, is currently for sale at Michael Berger Gallery.
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Heidi Taillefer, Damocles
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TITLE:  Damocles
ARTIST:  Heidi Taillefer
WORK DATE:  2010
CATEGORY:  Paintings
MATERIALS:  Oil on canvas
SIZE:  h: 40 x w: 60 in / h: 101.6 x w: 152.4 cm
STYLE:  Contemporary
PRICE*:  10,000 US$  (Convert prices to your currency with our Currency Converter)
GALLERY:  Michael Berger Gallery  Gallery (412) 441-4282  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  The Most Proximate Cause is an image of Damocles, and is an exploration of empathy, or in putting oneself in another's place to gain a grasp of their experience. Damocles was an envious courtier of the King, who seemed to have all the power and wealth anyone could wish for. He was eventually offered the chance to trade places with the King in order to taste such fortune. Once in King's place, possessed with unlimited power and surrounded by beautiful servants and an endless banquet of food and luxury, he noticed a sword dangling precariously above his head, held only by a thin horses' hair, whereby any move could seal his fate and bring on sudden disaster. The story is used to denote the sense of delicacy and foreboding engendered by situations which seem desirable by all outward appearances, but where the onset of tragedy can be brought on by a delicate trigger or chance.
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Heidi Taillefer: Playing with Fire  Sep 25 - Dec 18, 2010
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